Well I've been meaning to put a post up about this for a few weeks now, and since right now Pixel P is getting some attention, I guess it's a good of a time to pimp some of my projects. That said, I'm putting on a panel discussion at PAX this year with some of the GayGamer crew as panelist on it! I submitted a concept a few months ago, and got confirmation back earlier this month that the panel had been selected to be in this year's Expo. So without further ado, let me give you the title and summary of the panel:
How to Make it in the Back Door: A Rainbow Colored Perspective of the Game Industry
Many of the friends and writers of the GayGamer.net community are a mixture of people that work or have worked in various fields within the gaming industry from big-time producers to lowly QA grunts. Let us impart our wisdom of what the industry is like for anyone trying to get a foot in the door as well as what it can be like for someone doesn't quite fit the status quo. We'll divulge how we made it into programming, production, marketing, and media, impart war stories we've collected from the trenches, discuss the multitude of issues that can arise in the ever expanding ecosystem that is the game industry, and show how the game industry is growing with everyone in mind and in action.
I have to admit that the title came to me as a bolt of lightning when trying to brainstorm a good name for the panel concept I had been throwing around with Game-Boy, and I couldn't stop laughing long enough to type him the title for a minute or two. Needless to say it is perfect for PAX, which embodies a light-hearted approach to gaming expos. I'll be moderating the panel, and my panelist will be (drum roll):
- Chris Shroyer (Game-Boy) producer from n-Space
- David Edison (Tiny Dancer) editor of GayGamer
- Matt Marquess PR associate from SparkPR
- Helen McWilliams producer from Harmonix
They are a great group of panelists, and I have to admit that i am super pumped to be doing this. Our current time slot is for Friday, Sept. 4th at 3pm in the Unicorn Theater, but that is not in any way final. I'll let you know if the time or location changes; however, your jobs are to fill the seats there and come with your questions of how to get into the game industry and what it is like to work in it. I got some questions of my own for the panelists, but we will be opening the floor to questions, so I'm excited to see and hear from you all.
So if you are coming to PAX, remember to stop by the panel, and I'm sure we'll be doing a meet-up at the event like we did last year. I always love meeting fellow GayGamers. Plus, how cool is it that the panel will be in the Unicorn Theater, that's got to be a good sign.